This is the story of Cayenne Bellamy, A 5 -year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever Mix Adopted May 2005 from Citizens for Animal Protection Shelter (CAPS) in Houston, Texas. She was rescued by Anna Bellamy, the sister of one of our fellow Martha Stewart Living employees Allison Mikkalo, an associate marketing service manager. We were very curious as to why she was named after something we have seen Martha use in the kitchen while she cooks. We asked Cayenne's mom about this and here is her answer:
We thought that “Bluebelle” was an unlikely name for the green-eyed, red-haired retriever mix pictured on the Shelter’s web site, but her worn bandana, floppy ears, and dangling tongue captured our hearts. One trip to meet her was all it took for us to adopt her, bringing her home spayed and vaccinated the next day. After a family poll we renamed her “Cayenne”, a name much better suited to her beautiful auburn fur, hot pepper personality and new Texas home. Although she was initially stand-offish, after a few weeks she recognized that her new home was one filled with love and affection and she promptly returned the favor. Now after being with us over 4 years, Cayenne is the model dog – kind, obedient, athletic and loving. She loves nothing more than a swim at the dog park, a neighborhood walk or bird watching in the yard. She has shed her reserved qualities and is quick to jump up and lick a stranger’s face as her greeting. She is a true joy and has enhanced our lives with her presence in our family.